Is the New Anti-HIV Vaginal Ring Working?

hiv ring 2Are you aware of the huge advances scientists have made in preventing the spread of HIV? Somewhere in past the two decades since Magic Johnson bravely stepped forward to announce he had HIV in 1991 to the present day, scientists have developed miraculous advances in anti-HIV drugs. One such advance is the development of a vaginal ring containing dapivirine.

The non-profit International Partnership for Microbicides in 2012 developed a silicone ring similar to the contraceptive birth control rings already on the market for women in the United States. While this ring does not prevent pregnancy it does contain dapivirine, a known effective anti-HIV drug. The ring is designed to slowly deposit the dapivirine into the woman’s vaginal tissue. Dapivirine are non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) that prevent the HIV disease from duplicating itself and growing inside the body. Continue reading

India’s Superbug Killing Thousands of Newborn Babies

baabyIn the last year, 58,000 newborn babies died of bacterial infections in India. Infants that acquire bacterial infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis are treated with antibiotics in India, but these antibiotics are no longer working. Indian pediatricians are scrambling to find ways to keep their neonatal patients alive. Why are the antibiotics no longer working?

For years the health sector has warned India of the implications their unsanitary conditions would have on their citizens. For these reasons bacterial infections spread rapidly throughout the country. Continue reading